Open and kind to our thoughts

Today we discussed a talk Jason Siff gave on accepting our thoughts and emotions, even if we feel aversion to their content. Metta can be a powerful means of connecting ourselves with others and allowing us to begin to generate kindness to ourselves, but often it can also create a sense of defeat when we can’t eradicate uncomfortable thoughts and emotions at will. An alternative strategy would be to accept our cravings and aversions, not immediately seeking an antidote to cover these impulses in a judgemental way. Instead, we can track the thoughts as they arise with the intention of learning more about where and how they have arisen. As we tolerate difficult thoughts and emotions, wisdom and understanding have the opportunity to arise.

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